CHRIS ARNETT, THE PRETTYS

Chris Arnett by Meighan Donaldson

CHAPEL ARTS, MARCH 15, 2014

Punk veteran Chris Arnett and local up-and-coming band the Prettys rocked the Chapel Arts Centre to the delight of their tightly-knit fan base — a fan base that continues to grow.

Arnett, the guitarist and singer for the original Vancouver punk band the Furies, has teamed up with producer and Little Red Sounds owner Felix Fung for his solo album Anvil Island.

Fung, having produced many young local bands like Dead Ghost, Chains of Love, Mode Moderne and Nervous Talk was given wide access to help Arnett choose the correct backing band for this project.

Enter the Prettys: young, energetic and immensely talented, they’ve just finished recording their debut album at Little Red Sounds and not only did they receive a quality first recording from Fung, but he has served as some what of a mentor to the band. The Prettys also opened the evening as well as playing backing for Arnett.

They came in charged with high energy and well rehearsed for the first set. The chemistry they share with one another onstage is immediately apparent and transferred to the audience; a lot of that comes from a bass player who looks so happy he might pass out.

With three lead singers, The Prettys kept their jams original and creative, capturing the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll in Vancouver right now.

Songs like “Half Gram Blues,” which will be featured on their upcoming LP, showcases the band’s tongue-in-cheek approach to the party lifestyle that usually gets the best of them. Their style of psychedelia mixed with everything from early Stones to early Alice Cooper style is just straight up good rock ‘n’ roll. Well made, well played.

After the set, a grown man in a Pokemon costume didn’t want the fun to end and continued to chant “One more song!” until Arnett stormed the stage, the ecstatic Prettys behind him.

Playing through his new album Anvil Island, Arnett and Prettys didn’t miss a beat, allowing themselves to truly get lost in the raw punk roots of the songs. Girls danced, boys swayed and Pikachu thrashed.

It’s safe to say that everyone loves to see hard-working talented musicians do well.

Words and photo by Meighan Donaldson

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